24 Feb '11, 2am

N.Korea is facing 'alarming malnutrition', leading some to forage for wild grass for food, US aid groups said

N.Korea is facing 'alarming malnutrition', leading some to forage for wild grass for food, US aid groups said

North Korea's propaganda village of Gijungdong is seen from South Korea's Taesungdong freedom village. Severe food shortages are forcing some North Koreas to forage for wild grasses, US aid groups reported. -- PHOTO: AFP WASHINGTON - SEVERE food shortages are forcing some North Koreans to forage for wild grasses and herbs and causing alarming malnutrition among children, US aid agencies who recently toured the reclusive country reported on Wednesday. Heavy rains and flooding in summer reduced vegetable crops by more than 50 per cent in some areas, and a bitter winter has frozen up to 50 per cent of wheat and barley due to be harvested in spring, the nongovernment agencies said in a joint statement. North Korean authorities estimate that food stocks will be exhausted by mid-June, they said. Seven experts from five nongovernment groups - Christian Friends of Korea, Global Re...

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